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by Marlena Sanchez

Has anyone ever told you, “I hate eLearning!” Rather than make you defensive, would this make you curious about the reasons they felt that way? The author of this article wondered how to avoid triggering anger and frustration among learners, and she came up with these five great tips. Incorporate them into your design thinking!

Tip   |   April 6, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

In Cargo Cult Training, the designer or the leader replicates what he saw teachers do, capturing the artifacts of instruction without understanding what’s underneath. This happens in classrooms and in online instruction. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it (or avoid falling into it yourself)? Here are some answers.

Column   |   March 1, 2016
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by Ethan Edwards

As demonstrated in any number of recent Internet memes, the Disney princesses seem to be useful in revealing aspects of our world that might otherwise go unrecognized. This kind of analysis might be useful to shed some light on eLearning problems that we have become blind to. The result is a bit surprising!

Feature   |   February 29, 2016
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by Jane Bozarth

A constant challenge with eLearning (and face-to-face) courses is managing “overwhelm:” too often the learner is inundated with content and ideas and bullets and more content. Here’s how to select the really important information and present it in a way that helps learners focus and make sense of what they are seeing.

Column   |   November 3, 2015
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by Michele Medved

Interviewing subject matter experts (SMEs) can be a chore, especially when you don’t have any real interest in the subject matter itself or when it’s hard to establish rapport with the expert. But here are seven simple tips that will save the day!

Tip   |   October 15, 2015
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by Jane Bozarth

In the four years since Jane’s column “Social Media for Learning” appeared here, the popular use of social media and tools that make it easy to generate and share images has exploded. This month’s column looks at some of the new ways you might extend your own practice through use of these social tools.

Column   |   September 1, 2015
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by Jane Bozarth

Accessibility in eLearning may be something that’s just isn’t on your radar—yet. Your eLearning materials should be accessible to everyone, including those with challenges like low vision and blindness, hearing loss and deafness, learning disabilities, and mobility problems. Here is a quick rundown on things you should be addressing in your design standards, and some help getting started.

Column   |   July 7, 2015
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by Jane Bozarth

Jane reminds us: “Job performance” goes beyond a particular task in a particular moment. A true and very personal story.

Column   |   June 2, 2015
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by Art Kohn

Mention “assessment” and many of us think of “tests,” and of the associated anxiety. This can taint our thinking about evaluation within the corporate environment. But in fact assessment is a valuable tool that can aid improvement in learning and in business results. Here is a quick review of the benefits.

Column   |   May 20, 2015
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by Lorna Collier

As mobile devices, apps, and other new learning tools have become available, so has the demand for education to teach learning professionals how to use them. What should you know if you are interested in an online degree or certificate in instructional design? If you need more focused skill development, are there options that require less time and lower investment? Here are some answers!

Feature   |   April 13, 2015
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